As we await the return of "Underground" to WGN America, fans have wondered where the story will pick up in the show's new season: With Rosalee (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) turning away from freedom and Noah (Aldis Hodge) back in shackles, a new chapter is about to unfold -- and from what we've seen, Season 2 will hit the ground running with a newly determined mission and a deeply empowered agenda.
While Season 1's modus operandi was to follow the Macon 7's desperate quest for freedom, the new episodes will find everything -- and everyone -- systematically changed. Further holding a mirror up to the current political consciousness, the Joe Pokaski/Misha Green series puts the women of "Underground" front and center, to keep up the enduring fight for equality.
Jasika Nicole joins the cast in Season 2 as Georgia, the leader of a seemingly innocent sewing circle -- whose real intentions put empowerment and protest high up on the to-do list.
"It's really cool, in this show, that they are letting the audience know how important women were to the movement," she tells Screener, tying the subject matter to January's global Women's March.
Georgia and Elizabeth (Jessica De Gouw) will forge a new, intriguing bond in Season 2, as John's (Marc Blucas) wife will undergo some integral character changes of her own. Echoing Jasika's remarks, De Gouw doubles down on her political interpretation of the new episodes.
"I think this season is a lot more politicized," she says. "Far more than I think the first season was, which was a very good mirror of what we're encountering."
It's this unapologetic take on the story which not only informs her character moving forward, but provides a through-line throughout this new season. Previously, the cast has remarked on the "citizen vs. soldier" theme of Season 2 and, according to Jurnee Smollett-Bell, that assessment is the overall DNA of the story this time around:
Where do you stand on the battlefield? Are you a bystander who's sitting in your comfort zone, your little home, being a citizen? Or are you a soldier, and you're picking up the fight?
Her comments are visceral, to be sure, especially when you take a moment to reflect on the intense journey -- both emotional and physical -- Rosalee went through to get to this point in the story. She lost her brothers, her lover is back in bondage and her mother is nowhere to be found. It's often said, “It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.”
And for Rosalee, the only thing she can do -- the only thing that's left for her to do -- is fight.
"Underground" Season 2 premieres Wednesday, March 8, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on WGN America.